USC FOOTBALL

Bentley, USC face tall order against Tigers' stingy defense

BY DANNY KELLY
danny@theitem.com
Posted 11/23/18

The South Carolina Gamecocks offense will have a tough challenge ahead of it when it takes on the Clemson defense on Saturday night in Death Valley.

The Tiger defense only allows 254.4 yards and 12.1 points per game.

"The main thing that jumps …

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USC FOOTBALL

Bentley, USC face tall order against Tigers' stingy defense

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The South Carolina Gamecocks offense will have a tough challenge ahead of it when it takes on the Clemson defense on Saturday night in Death Valley.

The Tiger defense only allows 254.4 yards and 12.1 points per game.

"The main thing that jumps out at you is their d(efensive)-line and up front," junior quarterback Jake Bentley said. "Just really good players that have played a lot of football. Not only played a lot of football, but played a lot together."

Senior linebacker Kendall Joseph leads the team in tackles with 67 - 50 of them solo -, has five tackles for loss and four sacks. Redshirt junior defensive end Clelin Ferrell leads the team in sacks with 10.5 for a loss of 55 total yards.

"They definitely have a great front four," junior running back A.J. Turner said of Clemson's defensive line. "We just gotta stay on them, gotta keep them blocked; gonna try to do a lot of quick stuff, get the ball out of our hands, get open in space and just be able to run on their secondary."

"They're just some good, strong guys," redshirt junior offensive lineman Donell Stanley said when asked what makes the Tigers' defensive line look so dominant on film. "They pretty much dominate(d) everybody they played. They're pretty good guys, a good task for us."